Ossipee — May 5, 2010 — A band of amateur thieves robbed three Ossipee Lake boat storage facilities over the winter, making off with $50,000 in high-end marine equipment, police said.
Ossipee Lt. James Eldridge said four suspects arrested last week didn’t even try to fence the goods, including stereos and flat-screen TVs worth as much as $1,700 apiece. They just gave the items away to friends, he said.
“They weren’t professional,” he said, noting audio-visual cables were crudely hacked off and that they siphoned gas out of boats for their cars. “They really don’t have criminal records. It just shows you what kids are capable of doing these days.”
Arrested on April 27 were alleged ringleader, Alan Harris, 19, of Center Ossipee, and alleged accomplices Dana Davis, 19, of Alton Bay, Robert Wright, 23, of Ossipee, and Benjamin Duquette, 20, of Ossipee.
The goods, including waterproof amplifiers and speakers specially built to function on open water, were stolen from boats warehoused at Ward’s Boat Shop, Camp Sokokis and the Lakefront Landing Marina, police said.
All four men are charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property. Harris and Davis face additional misdemeanor charges, including theft.
Eldridge said “good old-fashioned police work” was spearheaded by department prosecutor, Bob King.
“He put in a lot of time and effort. It was the whole department that helped solve it,” Eldridge said.
He said the marinas have been hit before and that such robberies seem to come in cycles. He urged anyone who has information about other boat thefts to call police at (603) 539-2011.